Biography

Renée Chenault Fattah is a lawyer, broadcast journalist and filmmaker having recently made the documentary, In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ Impact on Communities of Color. Her film led to advocacy roles at the legal non-profit, SeniorLAW Center.
 

Chenault Fattah is currently the Executive Director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. She is also one of Philadelphia’s best known journalists, having served as the evening and weekday news co-anchor for NBC10 for close to 25 years. She earned her BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and began her career in law, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, working at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City, and clerking for the late Judge Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
 

Chenault Fattah also earned a Masters of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Notable stories she covered in her broadcast career include the O.J. Simpson trials, political conventions, and the school shooting massacre in Littleton, Colorado, her hometown. In 2009, Chenault Fattah was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.
 

An active member of the community, she speaks at local schools, church congregations and civic organizations about law, health disparities and ethics. Chenault Fattah currently serves as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and is a former trustee of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. She is currently a member of the advisory council to The Hastings Center, a bioethics research center and is a member of the PennTowne Links, Inc. 

Current Employment

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Philadelphia, PA

Executive Director

 

SeniorLAW Center, Philadelphia, PA

Director of Pro Bono Action for Community Impact

Television Experience

NBC Universal, Philadelphia, PA                     1991 - 2015 

Anchor - Reporter 

WXIA-NBC, Atlanta, GA                                1990 - 1991

Reporter

Fox Network, Los Angeles, CA                        1989 - 1990 

Science Correspondent
 

WTEN, Albany, NY                                       1988 - 1989 

Science Correspondent

 

PBS NJN, Trenton, NJ                                    1987 – 1988 

Field Producer and Ancho

Legal Experience

Hughes, Hubbard, Reed, NY, NY                    1982 - 1988

Litigation Associate

U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, Detroit, MI         1983 - 1985

Law Clerk for Hon. Damon J. Keith

Affiliations
Awards & Honors (Partial list)

Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement
in Broadcasting Communications

Lincoln University Lion Award in Media

 

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Patricia Grasty Gaines Endowment Award for Multicultural Education

 

University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit

Johns Hopkins Society of Black Alumni President’s Award

 

White and Williams LPP Virginia Barton Wallace Award for
Journalism Excellence 

 

Philadelphia City Council Citation for Commitment to Community Service in Support of DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Kappa Community Development Corporation African American Women Achiever Award

 

YMCA Philadelphia Outstanding Achiever Communications Award

 

Joan Shepp Women in the Media of Substance and Style

Black History Month Award

 

 

Education

 

 

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

 

University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

Juris Doctor

 

University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Master of Arts - Journalism

Johns Hopkins University - Trustee                    2012 - Present

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Trustee                2003 – Present

 

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy - Trustee       2010 - Present

New York Bar Association                              1983 (Admitted)

Professional Appearances (Partial list)

Women in Tech Summit, Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speaker

University of Pennsylvania Women of Color Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speaker

Lutheran Seminary Women's Health Summit, Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speaker

Moore College of Art and Design Women's Leadership Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Keynote Speaker

Strayer University, Philadelphia, PA

Commencement Speaker

Girard College, Philadelphia, PA

Commencement Speaker